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Distinguished professor Chase F. Robinson draws on the long tradition in Muslim scholarship of commemorating in writing the biographies of notable figures.

He weaves together the lives of religious thinkers, political leaders, lawmakers, writers and philosophers to create a rich narrative of Islamic civilization — a vivid picture of life in all arenas of the pre-modern Muslim world.

There will be a book signing following the event.

This event is part of our Around the World series. Presentation + round-table lunch from 12-2 pm. Seating is limited.

Brief Bio

Since 2013, Chase F. Robinson has served as President of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, the hub of research, doctoral education and advanced learning for the nation’s largest urban university. Between 2008 and 2013, Robinson was Provost and Senior Vice President. Before joining the Graduate Center, he was a Professor of Islamic History and Chairman of the Faculty Board of Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford. Educated in the US, France and the Middle East, he holds a BA from Brown University and a PhD from Harvard.

A historian of the pre-modern Middle East, Robinson holds the faculty rank of Distinguished Professor, and teaches courses on Islamic history. He has held visiting appointments at the University of California, Los Angeles and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he is the author or editor of eight books and more than 40 articles, most recently Islamic Civilization in Thirty Lives (Thames & Hudson, 2016). He serves on several editorial boards, including Past & Present and Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization, which he chairs. He has written commentaries that have appeared in The New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Times Higher Education Supplement, Times Literary Supplement and many others.


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